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November 10, 2014

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon, M. Cheberenchick, N. Kovach, J. O’Malley; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten. Tax Collector S. Torris was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor, P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; Junior Council Member, B. Fabbio.

The minutes of the October 27, 2014 council meeting were presented. K. Brannon noted a correction to the K.O. minutes stating that Joe Santillo was accepted to the Pennsylvania Music Education Honors Band. Ms. Brannon motioned to approve the minutes as corrected; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Truver presented the “Top Gun” award to Officer John Kiefer by the Pennsylvania DUI Association for going above and beyond his duties for the safety of our community. Chief Truver stated the funding for the DUI enforcement efforts are from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration working with Penn Dot.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Joe Willson, 548 Glen Shannon Drive – (CSYA President) presented a check to council in the amount of $4,669.00 through the Pittsburgh Pirates Grant Foundation for the resurfacing of the Municipal Center infield. Mr. Hartswick and Mr. Willson worked on the paperwork for the grant in which the Pirates foundation matched half the cost for the project. Mr. Willson on behalf of the CSYA thanked council for doing a terrific job working with them.

Richard Nettleton, 3126 Home Avenue - has concerns with installing a fence on his property because of a survey query. Mr. Nettleton stated he has been taking care of a paper street behind his home for 25 years and would like to acquire it . Mr. Biondo advised him to retain an attorney, go to court, then obtain a quiet title action. Mr. Biondo stated the Borough is not the correct entity to resolve his land acquisition.

Howard Earnest, 1553 Wilson Road – an acquaintance of Mr. Nettleton’s questioned Mr. Biondo on Borough Ordinance #345. Mr. Earnest gave council Mr. Nettleton’s land survey with other documentation regarding his property on 3126 Home Avenue to be acknowledged for our records. Again, Mr. Biondo advised him to retain an attorney.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the October collection report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report

Public Works/Building & Grounds:
The first order of bulk salt has been received at the public works salt shed. The cost for salt has escalated by 33%. Public Works has pricing for an asphalt recycling box at a cost not exceeding $25,000.00 and will be looking into selling their crack sealer to offset the expense.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept Tony Cavalovitch’s resignation as the Police Department’s parking enforcer/custodian; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor motion carried. Mr. Cavalovitch has worked for the Borough for twenty six years and will be missed.

The agenda contained the October reports.

Ms. Kovach acknowledged residents who attended last month’s meeting regarding the “no parking” signs on Willow Avenue. Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten met with them and resolved their issues with the sign direction and placement.

Ms. Brannon stated that seventeen LED street lights (as part of a pilot program) have been installed on Willow Avenue. Chief Truver and Ms. Brannon encouraged members of council to take a look and get their opinions as to whether they diffuse enough lighting for our streets. Chief Truver deemed the LED’s are just a different type of lighting. An evaluation is needed to determine if the borough wants to proceed in getting additional LED’s.

Mr. Willson questioned if the height of the street lights were also changed because of the LED’s. Chief Truver explained the height has not changed, only the shape of the globe is different.

Mayor Baumgarten credited Chief Truver for additional lighting at the Rockwood and Willow intersection making it much safer for pedestrians.

Mr. Swisher was curious if the LED’s were used at the corner of Bockstoce and upper Willow because of poor lighting. Chief Truver clarified the LED’s on Willow Avenue are the first ones ever installed in the borough. Chief Truver suggested changing the wattage in the existing street light globes to improve visibility.

Mr. Swisher approved the bill lists and the October Finance Report. Mr. Swisher motioned to ratify the October treasurer’s report; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Swisher announced there have already been two budget meetings for 2015. Mr. Hartswick stated the draft for the budget will be submitted for council on or before November 24th. The budget with the tax levy ordinance would be on display for the public for ten days and final adoption date would be December 8th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold talked about the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony held at the parklet by Ice Castle. The event will start at 11:11 a.m. with the Mayor as Master of Ceremonies.

Mr. Warhold announced a general meeting for the CSRC on November 12th with sub-committee meetings at various times in November working toward the Keystone Community Study. These meetings includes Economic Restructuring; Design; Promotion; Clean, Safe and Green; and Organization. One of the many objectives is designing better lighting with the focus on the center of Castle Shannon, by the Port Authority, Ice Castle and heading toward the Lebanon Shops.

Mr. Warhold announced an open community business meeting to be held on December 1st at 7:00 p.m. at Ice Castle to discuss what Keystone Communities can do for Castle Shannon. One of the major objectives is obtaining money for a façade program for all the businesses to fix up their signs, exterior fronts, awnings, etc. The owners of the businesses would receive a 50% match of money and a 25% tax credit to fix up their exterior properties.

Mr. Swisher announced the upcoming events for the month on December including author Bob Cranmer who will make an appearance at the library on November 17th to discuss his book Demon on Brownsville Road.

The Friends of the Library also presented Mr. Swisher with a 2015 calendar listing all the upcoming library program events.

Mr. Hartswick asked Mr. Swisher if Ms. Myrah, the Library Director, mentioned problems with the library lighting system. Ms. O’Malley stated the problem is the ceiling lighting on both floors of the building and believes Ms. Miller has been corresponding with her about it.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Kovach announced the Spring newsletter article deadline will be the first week in April.

Subscriptions notices have been sent to all residents.

Chief Truver explained a new law recently passed and signed by Governor Corbett in the use of Narcan. This nasal form of the drug may now be administered by police officers and first responders and is highly effective in treating opiate overdoses. Chief Truver is working with MRTSA to have medical command authorize it, execute agreements between the annual service and the police departments, and schedule proper training.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Mr. Hartswick will act on appointing Ms. Kovach and Mr. Warhold as ACBA delegate representatives.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Mr. Hartswick stated the Administrative Advisory Committee will meet on November 12th to discuss a variety of topics including rock salt joint purchasing, joint sewer projects and the CDBG program.

Mr. Cheberenchick and Ms. O’Malley will attend the SHACOG meeting as representatives for the borough regarding the SHACOG franchise authority.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Mr. Hartswick will submit a recognition award for Ms. Fabbio for her attendance as junior council person for the borough.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Fabbio reported an upcoming glow fest dance at the high school on November 21st.

Engineer’s Report:
Mr. Hartswick stated Mr. Stanton from LSSE will be attending the next council meeting on November 24th to discuss a CONNECT initiated project to try and transfer multi-municipal sewer lines to ALCOSAN.

Earned Income Tax:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report:
Governor Corbett recently passed into law Act 80 which makes it tough to have an ordinance regarding lost and stolen guns. The National Rifle Association could sue the borough and the cost of that would be upon the borough not adhering to the new state law. Senator Fontana and State Representative Dan Miller were opposed and did not vote in favor of the act.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold reported there will be a high level of representative from the Department of Community and Economic Development and Allegheny County attending the December 1st community business meeting at Ice Castle.

Mr. Warhold questioned if Jason Stanton from Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering would have information on the Green Wall exterior for the next council meeting. Mr. Hartswick stated that Ms. Kovach has signed the contract documents and the service order authorization to LSSE has been executed. This project has all been done with grant money from the state.


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